Special: The Musée d'Orsay comes to the de Young


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Spencer Christian travels to Paris and visits the Musée d'Orsay to learn about the birth of Impressionism. Hear the inspiring stories of how a group of artists broke free from classical painting to launch what has become one of the most prolific eras in the history of fine arts.

>> VIDEO: The birth of Impressionism

The Fathers of Impressionism -- A look at how Edouard Manet and Claude Monet changed the 19th century art scene.

>> VIDEO: The Fathers of Impressionism

Spencer Christian travels to Giverny, France to talk to Claude Monet's great grand-daughter-in-law about what inspired some of his most famous works. Plus, she opens up about Monet's friendship with Manet.

>> VIDEO: Monet's inspirations

Pierre August Renoir -- From being too poor to buy paint to creating some of the most beloved impressionist paintings, discover the man behind the masterpieces.

>> VIDEO: Pierre August Renoir

His ballet dancers captured our hearts -- the mysterious Edgar Degas -- and what we do know about his private life.

>> VIDEO: The mysterious Edgar Degas

Van Gogh, Cézanne, Gauguin -- The impact of the Post Impressionists.

>> VIDEO: Van Gogh, Cézanne, Gauguin

The Musee d'Orsay comes to the de Young -- San Francisco is one the few cities in the world to host this incredible Impressionist collection. Find out why it was chosen and what you can enjoy while it's here!

>> VIDEO: The Musee d'Orsay comes to the de Young

Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay
May 22, 2010 - September 6, 2010 de Young Museum, San Francisco

Notable works include:

  • The Fife Player by Edouard Manet (1866)
  • Family Reunion by Frédéric Bazille (1867)
  • Arrangement in Gray and Black No. 1 or Portrait of the Artist's Mother by James McNeill Whistler (1871)
  • The Birth of Venus by William Adolphe Bouguereau (1879)
  • The Cradle by Berthe Morisot (1872)
  • Saint-Lazare Station by Claude Monet (1877)
  • The Swing by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1876)
  • Rue Montorgueil, Paris. Festival of June 30, 1878 by Claude Monet (1878)
  • Racehorses Before the Stands by Edgar Degas (1866-1868)
  • The Dancing Lesson by Edgar Degas (1873-1876)
  • Portraits at the Stock Exchange by Edgar Degas (1878-1879)

Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay
September 25, 2010 - January 18, 2011 de Young Museum, San Francisco

Notable works in this exhibition include:

  • A Dance in the Country by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1883)
  • The Circus by George Seurat (1891)
  • Self Portrait by Vincent van Gogh (1887)
  • Starry Night over the Rhone by Vincent van Gogh (1888)
  • The Artist's Bedroom at Arles by Vincent van Gogh (1889)
  • Portrait of the Artist with the Yellow Christ by Paul Gauguin (1889)
  • Tahitian Women, On the Beach by Paul Gauguin (1891)
  • Still Life with Onions by Paul Cézanne (1895)
  • The Snake Charmer by Henri Rousseau (1907)

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